The breakdown of marriage is listed as one of the most stressful things that we can experience in life. Our divorce lawyers have many years of experience between them to ensure that you receive appropriate advice and practical support during this difficult time, no matter what your situation. This will include advice on how to get divorced, the myths, the timescale and cost and the implications for financial arrangements and also any children’s arrangements.
Divorce is the legal process that brings a marriage to an end and this process is dealt with in the family Court.
We are conscious of the fact that you may be concerned about the cost of legal advice, so here at Gotelee Solicitors we can offer you a Fixed Fee First Appointment to hear about your situation and give you advice on solutions. The cost is £150 inc VAT for an appointment with Samantha Markham or £200 inc VAT for an appointment with Demelza Butler.
To start divorce proceedings the law requires grounds for divorce which are stated below:-
• that a couple have been married for at least a year
• that the marriage has irretrievably broken down
• that one of five grounds (legal reasons below) to bring the marriage to an end exists
Not everyone wants to enter into divorce proceedings, has the grounds, or has been married long enough. You may wish to consider separation as an alternative means to resolve matters.
The five grounds for divorce are:-
• The other person has committed adultery, and the last occasion that took place was within the last six months
• The other person has behaved in such a way that the person applying for the divorce cannot reasonably be expected to live with them
• The other person has deserted the person applying for a period of two years
• The couple have lived apart for a period of two years and both agree to a divorce
• The couple have lived apart for five years if one person does not consent to the divorce
Each financial is different in divorce. What marital assets you have, tax implications, length of marriage, earning capacity and the needs of any children involved are all taken into consideration. Our divorce lawyers are experienced in this to give you the best advice and achieve the best outcome based on your situation. To find out more about this, visit our dedicated financial settlement in divorce page.
The quickest timescale for obtaining a divorce is between 4-6 months and this is because there is a six week court imposed block within the process. In cases where parties are able to come to an understanding relatively quickly and to assist the lawyers in moving the process forward without a delay we find that an average divorce may take this amount of time. We are able to provide you with a quote for a fixed cost of the divorce and to provide you with a costs estimate for dealing with any financial settlement or children issues.
We offer an initial fixed fee appointment which many of our clients find useful to gather further information about the divorce process, the particular issues of your case and an initial view on likely outcomes.
We have an experienced, knowledgeable family law team who will be able to help you through this difficult time. To make a initial fixed fee appointment call 01473 211 121 or fill in our enquiry form.
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